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AB-1114 Crisis nurseries: study.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/02/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 02, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 20, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1114


Introduced by Assembly Member Aguiar-Curry
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Cooley and McCarty)
(Coauthors: Senators Dodd, Nielsen, and Pan)

February 21, 2019


An act to add and repeal Section 1516.5 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to crisis nurseries.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1114, as amended, Aguiar-Curry. Crisis nurseries: study.
Existing law requires the State Department of Social Services to license and regulate crisis nurseries. Existing law defines crisis nurseries as nonprofit corporations that care for and supervise children under 6 years of age who are voluntarily placed at the crisis nursery by a parent or guardian due to a family crisis or stressful situation for no more than 30 days.
This bill, until January 1, 2023, would require the department to implement a 2-year pilot project to evaluate the effectiveness of crisis nurseries in both the Counties of Sacramento Contra Costa, Nevada, Sacramento, and Yolo in lowering on the outcomes for children and families, including the incidence of child abuse and neglect in those counties. The bill would require the department to report the results of its study to the Legislature on or before June 15, 2022. The bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to, upon appropriation, provide funding for crisis nurseries to enable crisis nurseries to continue to provide services and participate in the pilot project.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 1516.5 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1516.5.
 (a) The department shall implement a two-year pilot project in the County of Sacramento and the County of Counties of Contra Costa, Nevada, Sacramento, and Yolo for the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of impact of using crisis nurseries, as defined in Section 1502, that are licensed pursuant to Section 1516 in lowering the incidence of child abuse in those counties. 1516, on outcomes for children and families, including incidence of child abuse and neglect. The pilot project shall consist of both require all of the following:
(1) The department shall conduct a study of the rate at which families in pilot project counties access respite services and of the relationship between crisis respite care, incidents care and a number of child and family outcomes, including, but not limited to, the following:
(A) Incidents of substantiated child abuse, and the abuse and neglect in the county.
(B) The placement of children with child protective services in pilot project counties. The study shall include an analysis of the rate at which families in pilot project counties access respite services. within the child welfare services system in the county.
(C) Receipt of services, including family maintenance and family reunification services within the child welfare system, and of other services aimed at addressing the needs of families, including, but not limited to, home visiting services, outside of the child welfare services system by families utilizing crisis nurseries.
(D) Other outcomes indicating the impact of receipt of crisis nursery services on the well-being of children and families who use crisis nurseries.
(2) The metrics required pursuant to subparagraphs (C) and (D) of paragraph (1) shall be measured using voluntary self-reporting of families and shall be recorded and reported anonymously and in accordance with all state and federal privacy protections. Participation shall be at each family’s discretion and shall not be a condition for use of the crisis nursery.

(2)

(3) The department shall report the results of the study to the Legislature on or before June 15, 2022. The report shall comply with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to, upon appropriation, provide funding for crisis nurseries to enable crisis nurseries to continue to provide services to the community and to participate in the pilot project established by this section.
(c) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2023, and as of that date is repealed.